Founded in 1303, Sapienza is the oldest university in Rome and the largest in Europe. Its mission is to contribute to the development of a knowledge society through research, excellence, quality education and international cooperation.
- 700 years of history
- 117,000 students (2020-2021 academic year)*
- 3,300 professors
- 2,700 lecturers
- 2,100 employees, technicians and librarians
- 1,500 administrative staff in university hospitals
*Dynamically updated student data are available on Sapienza Statistics
The world most important university rankings place Sapienza at the national top for quality of research, education and international dimension; moreover, Sapienza excels and leads as a benchmark in many subject areas.
Education and Student Services
Sapienza currently offers over 290 degree programmes (Bachelor's and Master's) - among which over 60 are taught in English - 200 Advanced Professional Courses, over 80 PhDs and 80 specialisation schools. The School of Advanced Studies provides a programme of excellence and free tuition for the best students. Students with an Italian high school score of 100 are exempted from enrolment fees and the bonus is extended if they keep up their good grades. Families who have more than one child enrolled at the university also enjoy a special brothers-sisters bonus. The enrollment is free for students whose ISEE does not exceed 24,000 euros and there will be reductions for students whose ISEE does not exceed 40,000 euros. University services include 48 libraries (four with 24-hour reading rooms), 18 museums, the Ciao and Hello Orientation Offices, a Sort – Orientation and Tutoring Office in each faculty, a Disabled Students Office, the Job Soul Placement Office, and a Public Relations Office. Through the SapienzaSport Centre, our University promotes numerous cultural, social and sports activities to experience the campus, with over 100 thousand square metres of facilities to practice all kinds of sports, the orchestras and choirs of Musica Sapienza, the Theatron project, the web radio RadioSapienza.
Over 30.000 students come from other Italian cities, nearly 10,000 are international students and over 4,000 students a year take part in international mobility programmes. Thanks to a wide network of agreements with universities around the world, Sapienza also provides its students many international opportunities, including double degrees, scholarships abroad, internships in European and non-European countries, and international PhDs.
Scientific research activity at Sapienza covers an extremely broad spectrum of disciplines, reaching levels of excellence in many areas, including archaeology, physics and astrophysics, humanities and cultural heritage, the environment, nanotechnologies, cell and gene therapy, design, aerospace, social and economic sciences. Nobel Prize winners and internationally renowned scientists have taught and/or studied at Sapienza.
Sapienza is organized into 11 faculties, one School for Advanced Studies, one post-degree School of Aerospace Engineering, 58 departments, as well as numerous research and service centres. The central administration is organized into areas, offices and sectors.
The rectorate is collegiate with a Rector, a Deputy Rector and a group of Assistant Deputy Rectors and delegates with specific competencies, alongside committees and commissions for evaluation, strategic planning, quality and integration of activities, as well as for specific topics.
Sapienza is committed to achieving the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through its educational activities, research, third mission (service to society or outreach) and cross-cutting policies. Sustainability activities are explained on the Sustainable Sapienza portal and in the Sustainability Report published every year.
The symbol of Sapienza University is the Cherub, which, in association with the name "Sapienza University of Rome" constitutes the registered trademark and logo. Its motto is Il futuro è passato qui. Sapienza annually publishes a Sustainability Report which presents the activities and services provided to the community, details and analyses of the university's structure, internal organization, and resources.
The Transparent Administration section outlines all the information required by law and various policy documents on integrity and strategic planning policies.